Associate Professor Ben Wadham

Associate Professor

College of Education, Psychology and Social Work

place Education (5.08)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Ben is a sociologist and his main research interest is the military in Australia. As a Veteran his research is focussed on the health and wellbeing of serving personnel and Veterans. Ben is the Head of the Veteran transition Research Group (VTRG) which conducts basic and applied research on the ADF, DVA and Veteran support services and policies. Ben writes about the cultural history of the Australian Defence Force (ADF). Of particular interest is military culture and crime and the military. He is currently Chief Investigator on an Australian Research Council Grant titled "Institutional Abuse and Organisational Reform within the ADF (1969-). Ben is currently the lead CI on 2 grants investigating veteran transition and education. These studies explore how effective tertiary education is as a transition pathway, The second grant funded by the NCSEHE studies the ways universities understand veterans and govern their place in the university. Ben also researches men's violence toward other men and is using Virtual Reality as a pedagogical tool for education for violence prevention. This research focus is critical masculinity studies.

BA Hons (Sociology),
PhD (Sociology)
Grad Cert Public Policy
Honours, awards and grants

Australian Postgraduate Award 1998-2002
Australian Defence Medal

ARC Discovery: Institutional Abuse and Organisational Reform in the ADF (2018-2021)

Key responsibilities

Research Higher Degree Coordinator

Director, Doctor of Education

Delegate, NTEU

Teaching interests
  • Qualitative Research Methodologies
  • Social Theory
  • Globalisation, Development and Education
  • Governance and Policy
  • Race, Gender, Nation
  • Militarism & Violence
  • Professionals and Activists
  • Policy and Governance
  • Veteran and Military Studies
Topic coordinator
EDUC9954 Preparation for Research
EDUC9971 Key Issues in Education
EDUC9972 Preparation for Research
EDUC9973 Critical Scholarship and Research Design
EDUC9974 Researching the Profession
EDUC9978 Data Analysis
EDUC9976 Educational Futures
EDUC9975 Research Project
EDUC9977 Research Transfer
Supervisory interests
Crime, law and justice
Critical masculinity studies (scholarly distinction from masculinity or men's studies)
Critical race and whiteness studies in Australian contexts
Military studies
Psychiatric problems of war veterans
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Academic Activism (1), Student Voice (1), Veteran transition (1), Medical Sociology, Virtual Reality Education
Associate supervisor: Learning Difficulties (1)
Principal supervisor: Critical Race and Education Studies (2), Critical Literacy (1), Indonesian Women in Higher Education (2), Globalisation, Development and Education (3), Critical Realism (1)
Higher degree by research student achievements
Katerin Berniz

Vice-Chancellor's Prize for Doctoral Thesis Excellence - JUN 2019

  • Masculinity
  • Military culture
Further information

Ben Wadham is a member of the Australian Peacekeeping and Peacekeeper Veterans Association (APPVA).

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